Meet Ashleigh, a long-time partner of ours, and the founder of The Facialist – the innovative Auckland-based skincare saviours, who hold a firm belief in the power of nature and its raw potential to provide inner healing and outer beauty, renewing the skin from the inside out – a philosophy that we at Two Islands share wholeheartedly.
Read the full conversation with Ashleigh Scott on her holistic approach to skincare below.
Hi Ashleigh! Tell us how The Facialist got started.
I started The Facialist after moving back from London where I lived and worked for a couple of years as a facialist. I knew that coming home it was now or never to get started, so I just took the plunge and started. It’s been a slow and organic growth in the almost eight years since then.
What do you love most about what you do?
My weeks are so varied now, so from a personal level I really love this. I spend 1-2 days working on clients and the rest of my week working on business admin, staff development and other projects. Client work will always be my favourite time of the week. It makes me slow down and I love the impact that even an hour in my treatment bed can have on someone’s day.
Why do you think taking a holistic approach to skincare is so important?
Your skin is a reflection of what is going on inside your body. If something is out of balance, it will most likely show on your skin. Just treating the skin topically is not enough, if there is something more going on inside the body. By treating skin from the inside out as well as the outside in, you are going to achieve the best sustainable results for your skin.
Let’s talk Super Beauty. What do you love most about the new Two Islands beauty supplement?
Super Beauty really covers a lot of the bases of essential nutrients that your skin needs. I love that from one supplement I’m not only getting the powerful antioxidant from the DracoBelle™ Nu, but hydration from the hyaluronic acid and collagen-building from the zinc and silica.
Hyaluronic Acid is renowned for its skin benefits, and we formulated Super Beauty to include an ultra-high strength 160mg per dose. How does Hyaluronic Acid help our skin?
Hyaluronic acid is my favourite ingredient for skin! Both topically and internally. I use a lot of hyaluronic acid serums topically, so it’s great to have an ingestible form as well. Hyaluronic acid works by pulling moisture into the skin. Hydration is key for healthy, balanced, plump and glowing skin.
We know that our eating habits can affect our skin, but sometimes they can be things we don’t even realise. What are some of the things that should be avoided?
Food really affects the skin unfortunately! If you suffer from breakouts or acne, it’s really important to avoid foods such as high-fat dairy like chocolate, cream, cheese, ice cream, also peanuts and peanut butter. If you suffer from inflammatory conditions like eczema, rosacea or psoriasis its also important to avoid heating or inflammatory foods. Things like alcohol, caffeine, hot or spicy food. These will all heat up the skin, causing more inflammation.
What does your own daily skincare regime look like?
I have so many products that I chop and change between, I have a real obsession for skincare! But day to day it’s pretty simple. In the morning I just soak with water, follow with a hydrating mist, serum, moisturiser and SPF (it might still sound like a lot of products, but this literally takes me 30 seconds!). In the evenings I tend to spend a little longer and will often do an exfoliation, mask or a facial massage. I’ve also been really excited to add Super Beauty into my routine – the results are noticeable really quickly. The evening is my time to unwind at the end of the day once my daughters in bed.
Off the back of our longest and most overwhelming lockdown, what at-home rituals help you feel grounded and relaxed?
It was tough! I wish I was someone that had little rituals to help get through it, but the reality was it was just about surviving one day at a time! We always made sure to get out for a walk each day and I found getting into a good book was a great way to escape.
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